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December 7, 2015
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Admission buttons for First Night Missoula, the New Year's Eve community celebration of the arts, go on sale this week at locations throughout Missoula and in the Bitterroot. 80 events at more than 25 venues.  Visit here or call 541-0860 for more information.

First Night Spotlight, the annual High School singing competition, will be held at the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus this year during First Night Missoula on New Year's Eve.  Admission is a First Night Button plus a $2 ticket to assure your seat for the show. Visit here for tickets and information.  

The Missoula Art Museum p resents   Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12; Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM's Permanent Collection through March 12; A Few of My Favorite Things, an exhibition selected by MAM's Senior Exhibition Curator Emeritus Stephen Glueckert, through December 23 (pictured here); MaryAnn Bonjorni: Legends Are History, through January 2.


 The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents  The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
now through December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries. The exhibition features 52 pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed, and includes pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper and watercolors.  

The   Montana World Affairs Council  presents a lecture as part of  the Council's Distinguished Speakers Program, featuring  U. S, Ambassador  (ret.)  Vicki Huddleston,  who was Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999-2002.  The program will take place at the Doubletree in Missoula tonight, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Ambassador Huddleston will discuss  U.S. - Cuban Relations 1900 - 2015: The Best of Enemies.  On December 8, enjoy an  Afternoon Tea with Vicki.  A taste of mojitos, a little Hemingway, and how to travel to Cuba! Talk on Cuban culture, Cuba as a travel destination and Hemingway in Cuba.  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. $15, open to the public, RSVP to 728-3328.

Fact and Fiction presents David Brooks, reading and signing Restoring the Shining Waters, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at F&F Downtown.  

Tell Us Something  presents  Illumination/Revelation , December 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the new Wilma Theatre. Visit here for more information.

The University of Montana Emerging Ceramic Artists group of the UM School of Art will hold its 30th annual Art Annex Holiday Sale and Juried Show Thursday through Saturday, December 10-12, in the UM Art Annex.  The sale features ceramics and sculpture by UM School of Art students and faculty, and this year will include T-shirts, cards and prints from the printmaking division. The show will take place in the Off Center Gallery of the Art Annex, and student work created over the past year will be juried for entry and awards. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the School of Art office at 243-4181.

Dolce Canto presents  A Spotless Rose, a holiday concert at St. Anthony Parish, 217 Tremont, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. f eaturing Special Guests Hellgate High School Chamber Choir and Chevaliers.  On Tuesday, December 8, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Dolce Canto will be at Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave. for a Cheers For Charity event. The choir will sing Christmas carols, and the patrons are encouraged to join in. Visit   here for information.

Sunshine Unlimited presents Shakespeare's Richard III December through December 13 at The Crystal Theater.

The University of Montana School of Music and the  University of Montana Jazz Program presents the 4th Annual Holiday Swing at the Missoula Winery on Saturday evening December 12 with internationally recognized soloist Eden Atwood along with auction items, special surprises, and holiday big band favorites. For more information on this event and ticket prices please call 243-6880 or email here.

The Missoula Community Chorus presents "Merry Christmas," its annual winter concert December 11 at St. Anthony Church at 7:30 p.m., featuring former Mormon Tabernacle Choir tenor soloist Paul Gates.  The main choir and smaller Chamber Chorale will perform a variety of holiday songs both sacred and secular.   For more, visit here

Radius Gallery is holding a raffle now through December 24 for three exquisite artworks: "Frida Kahlo" by James Todd, "Secret Embrace" by Louise Lamontagne, and "Lonely Planet" by Pamela Caughey. $5 per ticket. Buy as many as you like, for whichever artwork(s) you want. And, just curious, but WHY IS THIS STILL IN MY GALLERY? SERIOUSLY, IT SHOULD BE ON YOUR WALL. Megan Moore's Persephone and Zeus is an oil on wood panel, 30 x 30 in, and a masterpiece. 
Call 541-7070.
The 21st annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at the University Center Gallery of Visual Arts runs now through December 10.  Call 243-2813.  

The Garden City Duplicate Bridge Club is offering free bridge lessons from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 noon on December 12 and December 19. This group of three lessons will introduce you to Play of the Hand. The lessons will be given at 2825 Stockyard Road Building I Unit 3 in Missoula. Call Beth Loehnen at 546-1512 to register for the class.

The Sound of Music is a Missoula Community Theatre production for the holiday season at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, continuing December 9-13 and 16-20. For tickets, visit here or call the box office at 728-7529. 

The University of Montana Creative Writing Department
For more information, contact Karin at 243-5267.

Nancy Seiler presents Art Workshops throughout November and December at her studio at 330 Brooks Street. The next is Thursday, December 10, 9:00 a.m.-noon: Nature Journaling with Watercolor. The workshop repeats Saturday, December 12, from 1:00-4:00 p..m.  She'll show you how to sketch, ink, and apply watercolor to objects found in nature. We'll work inside the studio.   Nancy is a certified GOLDEN Art Educator. Call 370-1254 to register.


The Missoula Public Library shows a free international film monthly on the Second Friday of the month. All films are shown in original language with subtitles. December's film is Stations of the Cross: Maria and her family are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion. Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his own crucifixion, Stations of the Cross is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen's struggle to find her own path in life. From Germany, this film is in German with English subtitles. Join us for a screening and brief discussion (optional) on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open from 6:45-7:15. Call 258-3848.

The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance also presents Dance Up Close, continuing December 11-12 at 7:30 p.m., and December 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center, U of M Campus.

The Treasure State Chorale presents Sounds of the Season, a holiday concert on December 13 at 4:30 at St. Anthony Church, 217 Tremont. 

The Ed Norton Big Band plays its usual monthly gig at the Missoula Winery & Event Center, Sunday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.

MCT is participating in Toys for Tots this holiday season.  Please drop off new, unwrapped toys for a deserving child at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts before December 23, between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  You may also drop toys off one hour before each performance of The Sound of Music (Dec 3-6, 9-13 and 16-20).  For more information, call MCT at 728-1911.  

The Missoulian is accepting submissions for the 2016 MLK Youth Art & Essay Contest. Submit a piece of 2-D art work or an essay, poem or letter of no more than 250 words in response to the quote "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  Handwritten or typed essays will be accepted. Artwork may be any medium but no larger than 8.5 X 11 inches.  On the back of each entry please include the student's full name, grade, school, home address and home telephone number. Entries will not be returned unless special arrangements are made.  To enter you must be a student in preschool-12th grade in Western Montana. Entries must be received at the Missoulian by December 18. Winners will receive a cash prize, be featured in the Missoulian, and recognized at the MLK Community Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2016.  For questions, contact Ben Mincks. here

The Missoula Children's Theatre celebrates 2016 with its original, world-premiere of The Snow Queen.  This winter performing arts class runs January 18-February 21 and is open to Grades K-12.  Give the gift of wonder this Holiday season with a registration to The Snow Queen!  Register here.

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 Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...

Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is December 20 for regular (over $1,000), fellowship, and three-year sustaining grants (must have received funding in a prior year to apply in this last grant category). Grant decisions will be made by February 9, 2016.

The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents The Art of Mike Kosorok, continuing through December.  Mike has been a professional artist for over 40 years and is well-known in the region for his broad, sweeping landscape paintings of the Beartooth Mountains and the area around Red Lodge and Bear Creek, Montana.  Mike works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink and mixed media.  He is recently retired from his teaching career in the Red Lodge schools.  Also through December,
the Rock Creek Miniature Exhibit.  See artwork in small size created by many of the Guild's artists.  A challenge for most artists, the miniature artwork will delight everyone.  All works of art in this show are 6"x8" or smaller.  Consider a gift of art for the holidays.  In the Guild's North Gallery for December and continuing through January 31, 2016. On Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., How to Make a Painting Work with E. Denney Neville. Do you have a painting sitting around that you just aren't happy with or you know something is not quite right? This is the class for you. Bring 2 or more paintings, not larger than 16 x 20. Denney will help you evaluate and make suggestions to help you "Make that painting work." Bring a sketch book to work out ideas. Brings all of the supplies you normally work with.  The 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar continues through the end of December.  Browse the selection of scarves, socks, jewelry, pottery, notecards, small paintings, bags, and more as you consider everyone on your gift list.  For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.


The  Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings announces the opening of a thought-provoking exhibition, Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures by Willem Volkersz. The exhibition will remain on view through January 3.  "A Lonely Business": Isabelle Johnson's Montana opened on Tuesday, November 3 and remains on view through January 3, 2016. "Christmas in Montana" on Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. For Ages 5 - 12.  Registration opens one week prior to each class. In this class, kids get to design their own block print holiday cards. These classes are docent-led and held the second Saturday of every month. Each class features a tour of current exhibitions, followed by a related art activity. To register, please contact Berenice Munson, Education Program Coordinator, at  256-6804 x232 


The Montana A Cappella Society presents Christmas - Savory and Sweet, on December 19, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center. The group performs as both the Greenwich Village voices- a hip group from the early 1950's, and well as in full Victorian regalia.  Call 363-5778, or visit here

The Sanders County Arts Council announces the Fourth Quarter exhibit of Art on the Walls, at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital.  In addition to the artwork of Sanders County artists, John Meckler will demonstrate his techniques for chip carving; Kathy Logan and Jack Stamm will provide music on hammered dulcimers; and refreshments will be provided by the CFVH Hospital. The exhibit runs through December 20. Artists exhibiting work are: Katherine G. Cavill, Ellen Childress, Valerie Curtiss, Andrew Gonzalez, Rachel Gonzalez, Rick Harter, George Humeston, Cricket Johnston, Arlene Littlefield, Sue Honts Mann, Dane McNabb, John Meckler, Shirley Proctor, and Douglas Wilks.   For more information call 826-8585.


For complete information about arts and entertainment throughout the region, visit 


The Bronx, Where Art Is Saving The World
The New Yorker, Nov 30, 2015
Alizah Olivo is eight years old and lives in the South Bronx. Her father, Nelson, works as the maintenance supervisor at a homeless shelter, and her mother, Carmen, registers admittances in an emergency room. Alizah has three brothers and one sister; she is the second youngest. The family's apartment is on the fourth floor of a recently constructed apartment building on Washington Avenue, in the Morrisania section. On the building's first and basement levels is the DreamYard Project, the largest arts organization in the Bronx.  Click here

Google's New 360 Can Put You Inside An Arts Performance
Wired, Dec 03, 2015  
Google just made it possible for you to score a seat at The Metropolitan Opera without shelling out hundreds of dollars. You can even step on the stage. Oh, and you can do it from the comfort of your own living room. Today, the Google Cultural Institute announced a new partnership with 60 performing arts institutes around the world to bring 360-degree view, live performances to online audiences.  Click here

Billionaire Paul Allen's New Seattle Arts Space: Closing Before It Even Opens?
The Stranger, Nov 25, 2015  
Pivot Art + Culture, Paul Allen's new nonprofit arts institution opening in 11 days in South Lake Union, will close in March and be used only occasionally as a gallery, sources close to Pivot say. In other words, Pivot will not be an ongoing arts center after all. After confirming with multiple sources, I called Benedict Heywood, director of Pivot, to ask him what's going on. I was hoping he would tell me it's all just a rumor. He didn't call me back. Instead, the PR firm representing Vulcan emailed to say they were responding on behalf of Heywood. "Responding to the questions you asked Ben - The exhibition will be on view from December 5 through February 28. The next show has not yet been determined," wrote Fitz. & Co. senior vice president Meg Blackburn.  Click here

Public Battle Over Leadership Of San Francisco African-American Arts Center
Nonprofit Quarterly, Nov 24, 2015
Behind closed doors, many nonprofit arts organizations struggle these days to make payroll and to find new ways to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. But when the stakeholders of an arts group start pointing fingers and questioning leadership decisions-publicly-it's hard to keep those doors closed. In San Francisco, a call last week for the dismissal of the executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex has created a firestorm, adding a public relations challenge to already-existing tensions around mission and finances.  Click here

How Dance Shaped America (And Vice Versa)
The Daily Beast, Nov 22, 2015
From Bill Robinson and Fred & Ginger to Michael Jackson's big-bang moonwalk and 'Soul Train.' In 'America Dancing,' a history of those who danced past the rules and defined the country.
Cultural critic Megan Pugh emulates her subject in America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk, a celebratory mash-up of a century's history within studies of two legendary performers (Bill Robinson and Michael Jackson), one classic screen team (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), and two innovative choreographers (Agnes de Mille and Paul Taylor).  Click here


Japan Is Covering Its Military With Cute Anime Characters
The New Yorker, Dec 03, 2015
Surrounded on all sides by ocean, postwar Japan has long been able to rely upon the United States military for strategic protection. But tense territorial disputes with neighboring countries, the capture and beheading of two Japanese journalists by ISIS in February, and the horror of the terror attacks in Paris have all served to remind the Japanese of the limits of physical isolation and dependence upon others. This, in turn, has fed an ongoing debate over the mission of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Is their role truly one of self-defense, pure and simple? Or does the Japanese constitution allow for pre√ęmptive strikes outside of domestic borders, in the manner of a traditional military? The question won't be settled anytime soon. But it's fascinating to watch how Japan's armed forces have endeared themselves to the Japanese public.  Click here

Saudi Arabia Sentences Artist To Death
The New York Times, Nov 23, 2015
For years, Ashraf Fayadh, an artist and poet, has served as an unofficial ambassador for Saudi Arabia's small contemporary art scene, organizing shows and working to introduce Saudi art to the world.  Although Mr. Fayadh is of Palestinian origin and officially stateless, Saudi Arabia is the only home he has ever known, his friends say, and he sees art as a line of communication between Saudi society and the rest of the world. But on Nov. 17 a Saudi court sentenced Mr. Fayadh to death on charges of apostasy based on poems he published years before and on the testimony of a few witnesses, according to Adam Coogle, a researcher for Human Rights Watch who has read the court documents.  Click here

France Moves To Help Cultural Industry After Attacks
Los Angeles Times, Nov 20, 2015
The French government is moving to bolster cultural venues and cinemas across the country following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, with Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin saying that at least 4 million euros, or about $4.3 million, have been allocated toward a "solidarity fund."  Her initiative comes after museums, concert halls, movie theaters and other cultural spaces have reopened their doors to the public following last week's massacre in the French capital, which included an attack at the Bataclan concert hall, a popular space for live music events.  Click here

Iran's Amazing Modern Art Treasures
Bloomberg, Nov 19, 2015
Inside the rotunda of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, a circular walkway spirals down from the street level, like an underground version of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York. A series of galleries branches out from there, giving up astonishing secrets from one of the finest-if forgotten-collections of 20th century art in the world. A show this fall included abstract expressionist paintings by Kandinsky, Motherwell, Pollock, Rothko, and Stella, to name just a few from the museum's vault. Sculptures by Ernst, Giacometti, Magritte, and Moore are on permanent display in the garden. The corkscrew-shaped foyer wraps around a giant Calder mobile-its playful red shapes glinting in midair beneath the stern glares of Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei in portraits above.  Click here

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